One of Indiana's last surviving members of World War II's history-making Tuskegee Airmen says he won't be able to attend President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration because he's
battling stomach cancer.
Indianapolis says he wishes his health would allow him to take up a U.S. senator's invitation to see the swearing-in of the nation's first black
The invitation went out to all surviving members of the U.S. Army's Tuskegee Airmen squadron. That unit made history in World War II as the nation's first black military pilots, only to return home to discrimination.
But in recent decades the Tuskegee Airmen have risen from a historical footnote to become the subject of major motion pictures and documentaries. Last year, about 300 other Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal - one of the nation's highest